Predators' Fiala out of playoffs after breaking leg

Blues F Ivan Barbashev was in the lineup after sitting out Game 1, replacing F Magnus Paajarvi, who was a healthy scratch. "There are some things we can learn from that but the reality is the second period was not good enough and ultimately it cost us the game".

P.K. Subban became the first Preds defenseman to record three points in a playoff game.

The Predators jumped in front when Wilson redirected a slap shot from Subban past Allen for a power-play goal at 11:24 of the first. "It was all those little things that added up, that we didn't do, that we did in the first series". That means the Blues trail for the first time in the 2017 playoffs and Nashville has still yet to drop a game. Word was that the left winger was in stable condition after being carted off the ice with help from players from both sides, but his collision was violent nonetheless.

"I guess you could say that I started my career in the playoffs, so whenever I get back here I get a certain feeling that just makes the game fun and makes me want to elevate my game", Subban said.

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"This one is big for us on Friday", Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler said. He was expected to be a key supplementary contributor for Nashville as the postseason wore on, with two goals in five games to date. "My only concern was that if he continued to play well and didn't get rewarded that his game would drop".

"It takes the flow out of the game and puts penalty killers on the ice too much", Laviolette said.

Subban's performance reminded of his days in Montreal when he scored 38 points in 55 playoff games but never took the Canadiens to the promised land.

After Nashville and Edmonton took their second-round series openers in remarkably similar fashion, St. Louis and Anaheim are under pressure to respond in Game 2.

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While taking a 1-0 series lead over the Blues with a 4-3 win, the team did lose someone very important. "We lost the first game, we couldn't lose this one".

For those who look to regular season play between these two divisional rivals, Nashville won three of five games, outscoring the Blues 15 to 11. Ryan Reeves may have registered 10 hits in the game, but I didn't think he was in the intimidating factor the Blues need him to be... and I also think that there was a bit of home cooking in those 10 registered hits.

A Blues power-play unit that was just one for 17 in the playoffs answered with its second goal of the postseason, a wrist shot from Tarasenko with 19 seconds remaining in the opening period.

"We have to be better at that", Yeo said.

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